Climbs 210
Rocktype Grit (quarried)
Altitude 401m a.s.l
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Sam Whittaker on Scoop de Grace, E5 7a/ highball font 7c, Running Hill Pits © Adam Long

Crag features

The Pits is a smallish set of quarries (8 in all) looking out over the Upper Tame Valley. Although individually quite small there are over 200 routes here, covering the grade spectrum. Despite their name and the fact that they're rarely busy, their westerly aspect and quality rock make them worth a visit from afar when conditions are right. There are number of excellent crack climbs here, some fine bold face routes, and some high quality fingery bouldering. Of the quarries, 1 and 2 are the prime venues after a dry spell, and there are some worthwhile routes in 5, 6, and 8. Number 4 (Back Quarry) is worth a visit just to see how neat and tidy the quarrymen can be when they really want to!

The Pits are best avoided if the weather is poor, as the cloud tends to hug the hillside here. Under these conditions the quarries make a dreary venue and the lichen is at its worst. Choose a fine summer's evening and enjoy these holes in the ground when they are filled with glowing golden light and the rock is in prime condition.

Approach notes

From the centre of Uppermill (when travelling north on the A670) take a right turn by the off-licence and follow the road that climbs steadily uphill, passing a crossroads by Saddleworth Church. Continue uphill passing the Cross Keys to arrive at limited parking at a cross-road (two of the roads - the right-hand and straight on branches - are no more than grass tracks). Follow the deeply incised track ahead uphill for 10 minutes to a gate. Number 1 and 2 quarries are here on the right, whilst 8 lies leftwards diagonally down the bank another 3 minutes away. 7, 6 and 5 are reached by the old track that leads past the entrances to number 8 and the other quarries.

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Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Over the Moors (2012)
On Peak Rock (2003)
Moorland Gritstone - Chew Valley (1988)

Out of print:
I went there today and the 8th and 7th quarry's lie behind a gate signed PRIVATE LAND. I accessed the 8th via Western Grit description i.e. over the fence at the (2nd) style so I'd unknowingly trespassed! Further to this: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/viewcrag.aspx?id=1004
jules699 - 07/May/13
hi matthew none of my friends have had any issues either but according to a friend the BMC have said its out of bounds cause of people camping and leaving litter about. They're trying to get an access officer to pursuade the farmer to let climbers continue using the quarrys. If i hear anything else ill post it up on here :).
ClimbingMonkee - 18/Apr/12
@climbingmonkee i've been climbing here for a couple of years ans i've never had any access issues or seen any landowners. has anyone else had any issues here?
Matthew reid - 17/Apr/12
i went up today for a few hours of climbing. I had just finished setting up when along came a farmer and gave me a load of grief for apparently tresspassing. I decided to pack up my gear before it went further just thought id warn you all its NOT worth the trouble!!!
ClimbingMonkee - 13/Apr/12
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Isolated Wall
2 Wintry Fingers
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HVS 5a *  
3 Cool Carpals
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VS 4c  
4 Right-hand Wall
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HS 4b  
  First (Calamity) Quarry
6 Spider Crack HVS 5c  
7 Nora Batty E1 6a * 6
8 Compo's Advance
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V4 * 2
9 Acarpous E2 5b 1
10 Maquis E1 5b * 30
11 Flush Pipe E1 5c 2
12 Oh my Stars and Garters!
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E3 6a *  
13 French Connection
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E1 5b  
14 Old Dog, New Tricks
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E3 6b **  
15 Gull-wing E2 5c * 10
16 Mimosa E2 5c 12
17 Have a Little Hope E5 6b * 3
18 Calamity Crack E4 6a *** 25
19 Gargantua E1 5b ** 15
20 Godzilla E3 6a 1
21 Gardener's World
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HS 4c  
22 Kaptain Klepton E1 5c * 1
23 Mickey Thin E1 5b ** 27
24 It Only Takes Two to Tango E2 5b * 4
25 Tin Man E4 6b * 1
26 Flue Pipe E1 5c 1
  Second (Spanner) Quarry
28 Tighten Up Yer Nuts E4 6a * 10
29 Salamander
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E3 6b  
30 Iguanodon E5 6b ** 6
31 The Nunkeys Ningers Start f7B * 1
32 Velociraptor
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VS 5a 3
33 Folies Bergeres HS 4b 48
34 Lolita HS 4b 55
35 Shine On
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VS 4c  
36 Harvest Moon E4 6b ** 12
37 The Connection E4 6b ** 9
38 Spanner Eyes E4 6c * 1
39 Spanner Wall E2 5c *** 104
40 Dead Dog Crack HS 4b * 121
41 Cave Crack VS 4b * 50
42 Pit Bull
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V5 1
43 Midsummer S 4a 40
44 Hazy Groove VD 33
45 The Cracks S 4a 66
46 Breakdown HVS 5b 44
47 Problem Breakdown
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V4  
48 Problem Arête
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D  
49 Leave My Nuts Alone
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E1 5b ** 3
50 Yorick's Crack E6 6c ** 2
51 Surgical Spirit
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E6 6b 2
52 Adrenaline Run
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E6 6a 2
53 Overhanging Chimney VS 4c 2
54 Sagittarius Flake E5 6b ** 29
55 Scoop de Grace E5 7a *** 2
56 Phaestus E4 5c ** 18
57 Windbreaker E2 5b ** 58
58 Nymph
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V4  
59 Cochybondhu E2 5c * 37
60 Kneepad HVS 5b 1
61 Pit Racer V3+ 1
62 Left Arête
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V2 12
63 Crosstie VS 5a 24
64 The Mechanic
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E2 5c * 2
65 Pipe Spanner E1 5c * 20
66 Pipe Inspector E3 5c 6
67 Groove-V Baby VS 4c * 54
68 Austin Powers
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V2  
69 Dusty Arête D * 44
70 Midgebite Express E2 6a 1
71 Sardonicus
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HVS 5b 1
72 William the Conkerer E1 5b 1
73 Paradise Crack HS 4b 6
74 Cameo VS 4c 8
Climb name Grade
75 Riddler HVS 5a * 8
76 Pantagruel HVS 5a * 57
77 Mangled Digit E3 6a *** 74
78 Plumb Line VS 4c *** 301
79 Passport to the Pits E5 6b 1
80 Grot Groove
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VD 8
81 Liquor, Loose Women and Double Cross E5 6c ** 2
82 Sodom E1 5c * 115
83 Gomorrah E1 5b ** 163
84 Breakin' for a Bogey E6 6c *  
85 Cosmic Enforcer E2 5c * 5
86 Unctuous S 4c 55
  Third (Pinnacle) Quarry
88 Pork Wah?
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S  
89 Parallel Cracks
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S 10
90 The Arête
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VD 11
91 Fingers
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E2 5b  
92 Chrissy
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VD 7
93 Stella Night's Dream (aka Pygmy Arête)
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E1 5a * 1
94 Overhanging Crack
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E1 5b *  
95 Jammer
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VS 4b * 4
96 The Wall
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VD 5
  Fourth (Back) Quarry
98 Easy Arête
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VD  
99 Left Back
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VS 4c * 2
100 Back 'n Forth
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E2 5b  
101 Talk Back
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VS 4c 1
102 Back-Chat
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E1 5c  
103 Back to Basics
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HVS 5b  
104 Fall Back
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E1 5b *  
105 Crack Back
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HVS 5b  
106 English Wipeout
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E3 5b * 2
107 Back Adder
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E4 6a  
108 String
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VS 4b 1
109 The Bow
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VS 4c * 1
110 Combo
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VS 5a 1
111 Easifit
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HVS 5b  
112 Gnome Slabbe
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VS 5a 1
113 Alas Poor Yorick
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VS 5a * 1
114 Development
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E1 5b 1
115 Rain Stopped Play
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VS 4c * 4
116 Presence
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E1 6a ** 2
117 Yawnsville
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HVS 5c *  
118 Jamtastic
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V1  
119 Baker Day
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V2  
120 Diagonal Agony
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V4  
121 For a Few Daggers More
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V2 2
122 Crimson Copulation
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V2  
  Fifth (Weaver's) Quarry
124 Swing Up HS 4b 14
125 Yarn Spinner E4 6c 4
126 Weaver's Wall E3 5b ** 78
127 Weaver's Crack HS 4b * 66
128 Norah Batty S 4a 22
129 The Virgin VD 41
130 Cool Fool VS 4c 40
131 Kiss My Arm VS 4c 2
132 Hardy
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VS 4c  
133 Keffer
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E2 5c *  
134 Amputee
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VS 4c  
135 Flake Crack
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HVS 5a * 8
136 Flaky
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HS 4b * 9
137 Grotty Crack
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E1 5c 1
138 Get Rhythm Direct Start
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f7A+ * 3
139 Get Rhythm
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E6 6b ** 3
  Sixth (Pothole) Quarry
141 Pot Hole Girdle
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VS 4c  
142 Reachy VS 5b 20
143 Wind Chill E1 6a  
144 Contents
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E1 5a * 13
145 Intro Wall HS 4b * 97
146 Summary HVS 5b 34
147 Seconds VS 4c 34
148 Matthew's Crack
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V2 6
Climb name Grade
149 Tower Chimney
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HVS 5a * 6
150 Central Tower
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E1 5a * 2
151 P.C.1.
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HVS 5a  
152 Parallax E3 6a 2
153 Sticky Fingers E1 5b 12
154 Sticky Fingers Direct Finish
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E3 6a **  
155 Widfa HVS 5a 3
156 Sunstroke Groove
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V3 2
157 Sunstroke f5 * 15
158 Cosmo Smallpiece f6A+ * 6
159 Puffin HS 4b 13
160 Razorbill V1 4
161 Delicate Wall HS 5a 15
162 White Honkey VS 5a 5
163 Left Arête
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V3  
164 Small Pocket
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V1 3
165 Right-hand Slab
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V2 1
166 The Corner
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VS 4c 2
167 Pintless
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VS 4c  
168 Second Coming
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E2 5c *  
169 The Jolly Green Giant
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E1 5c * 3
  Seventh Quarry
171 Solo Wall
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VS 5a  
172 Little Wall
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D 2
173 Sequa
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S 2
174 Quase
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M 1
175 Green Wall
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VS 4c * 1
176 Outswing
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VS 4b 1
177 Topspin
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VS 4b 1
178 Inswing
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VS 4b 1
179 This Way Up
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V0-  
180 Hu.g.o.
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S  
181 That's Entertainment
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VS 4b  
182 Hipuri
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VS 4c * 1
183 Ruhipi
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HVS 5b * 1
184 Life Begins at Forty
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E2 5b  
185 Iphiur
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HVS 4c  
186 Corner Climb
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S 1
187 Drop Out
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HVS 5a *  
188 Square Corner
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HS 4b 1
189 Blue Riband
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VS 5a  
190 Doria
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E2 5c *  
191 Lydia
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E1 5b *  
192 Wile
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S 1
193 Twin Trip
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VS 4c 1
194 Night
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VS 4b 1
195 Shift
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VS 4c *  
196 Shaft
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V2  
197 Lee's Lament
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V0  
  Eighth (Crack School) Quarry
199 Firefly HVS 6a * 13
200 Duckdoo S 4a 45
201 Axminister HS 4c 17
202 A Fist Full of Daggers E2 6b * 11
203 Deliver Us From Evil E1 5c * 18
204 Black Watch HVS 5b 16
205 Talliot HVS 5b * 11
206 Eye-catcher HVS 5b 3
207 Repetition E1 5c 1
208 Fall Guy E1 5c 1
209 Chew Grit VS 4b 4
210 A Day Too Late f5+ * 2
211 The Groove f7A+ * 1
212 Legacy f4 4
213 Chalkie f4 27
214 Tomintool f5 24
215 Auchtermuchty f5 6
  Shooter's Buttress
217 Rifle Wall
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E1 5a  
218 Shooter's Crack
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HS 4b  
219 Gunned Down
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V3  
220 Ricochet Wall
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E2 5b  

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